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Becoming Ultra

Becoming Ultra is all about that first Ultra. We follow other runners training for their first Ultra, interview race directors of Ultra's, talk training tips, and just about anything for that next, very long, step.
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Now displaying: September, 2022
Sep 27, 2022

Cale came to running as he signed up for his first sprint triathlon in 2011. He hated running and only ran when it involved team sports. It took several years to enjoy running as he often worked only on speed and trying to be faster. This often resulted in nagging injuries that curtailed his running. This cycle repeated itself until becoming selected for season 11 of Becoming Ultra. Learning the reasons behind different types of runs was critical. It allowed him to keep running and build up strength and stamina. He is a father of two boys Colin age 17 and Ian 15. Cale and Meghan will be celebrating 20 years of marriage on July 6th, 2022. Being able to share their long runs together is a big part of their relationship and helps them get out and enjoy Central Oregon and all its beautiful surroundings. Cale is passionate about developing leaders outside of running. He has two companies that he runs-Crestcom which is a leadership development franchise and B2B Transportation which is a full-service freight brokerage. He has coached youth basketball since 2011 and loves the game. 

Meghan picked up running when her kids were young. She would put them in the jogger, give them their snacks and drinks and hit the road! She has always been active and often attended group fitness classes prior to picking up running. She is an amazing wife and mother to two boys aged 15 and 17. She has a magnet on her fridge that she lives by."I create peacefullness in my mind, and my body reflects this peacefullness as perfect health." She enjoys cooking and helping her family lead a healthy lifestyle. She has been a nurse her whole life and currently works in ICU . She applied to Season 9 of Becoming Ultra and was not selected. It turned out to be a great thing because Cale and her both applied to Season 11 and were selected to run their first Ultra at Desert Rats 50k in April of this year. She finished her first Ultra in just over 7 hours. She loved it so much she signed up for season 12's event to cheer and support them in their journey to complete their first Ultra. She recently set a PR in a road half of 1:51:47 and beat Cale who also PRed at 1:53:46. She is sneaky fast when she wants to be. She will tell you she is not competitive but every now and then it comes out and she starts taking souls out on the course!

Meghan and Cale recently completed R2R and are looking at when they will do R2R2R or R3. They are signed up for Jacks 50K race in Florida and look forward to supporting season 12 runners on their inaugural 50k.

We had such a great time catching up with our friends Cale and Meghan.  They are another awesome couple we met through the Becoming Ultra Community who share the love of trail running together.  We talk about their ultra-journey and the impact it has had on both their family life and careers. Cale talks about how his job stress was the catalyst for a life change.  I was personally so inspired by this.  Cale and Meghan have a very supportive relationship.  Hearing them talk about how they balance everything will make you feel empowered. Meghan also shares how she keeps peacefulness in her life.  This one will leave you feeling encouraged and motivated.

Sep 26, 2022

Hillary is back from UTMB related travel and Jason and Katie have been getting it done.  Katie has dealt with ailments but is coming out on the other end!  Jason is staying very discipliined with crazy early runs.  We talk training and of course ask questions about birds, dumb ones, and physical therapy to keep it fun! Enjoy the show!

Sep 20, 2022

Gina Lucrezi is a professional ultra-trail runner and the founder of the Trail Sisters Community and on line journal. She is a huge advocate for promoting women’s trail running and outdoor activity. She loves sharing her thoughts and experiences through words and photographs. Gina holds the women’s FKT on Mt. Whitney’s standard route, is a USATF Trail 10k Champion, 2012 Team USA 1st place world long distance champion, and 2x winner of the Leadville Silver Rush 50 miler and a 5th place finish at CCC 100k.

A true champion for gender equality in the sport of ultrarunning.  Gina has a great spirit and is fulfilling her mission to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running and hiking through inspiration, education, and empowerment.  We covered so much on this one.  Listen to Gina share about the Trail Sisters Community from the start and how it has impacted her life.  We also talk about Gina’s rich running history and current 100-mile goals.  There is a lot to unpack in this one.  I will leave you with some words of encouragement from Gina written after our podcast. Take a bet on yourself!


Yesterday I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the lovely ladies of My First Ultra podcast (it was a blast!). One of their final questions was, "What special message would you like to share with listeners?" This is usually a toughie...as multiple things come to mind, and I'm a talker :)

I decided to speak about the practice of building confidence, and remembering to take a bet on yourself. Like anything else we do in life, practice makes perfect. We repeat a process, learning what works (and doesn't), and fine tune it. Building one's confidence takes that same repetition and fine tuning! Every day, focus on one action that reminds and strengthens your belief in yourself. This does not have to be running related...just something you enjoy and can demonstrate your capabilities.

A daily practice of positive reinforcement will build that "I Can!" attitude, and sets you on a path for stronger confidence in whatever may come your way!

IG - @ginalucrezi

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Sep 16, 2022

You know the saying, "life's what happens while you are busy making plans", well, it's mostly true and it's definitely the experience Jackson and Nick have had in the last week or so.  The ability to be flexible in life and sport is always a theme and we think today's show is a good reminder of doing the right thing at the right time! We hope you enjoy the show!

Sep 15, 2022

David has been training for his first 50k in some of the hottest weather in the country and is coming along. The achilles issue seems to be slowly going away and he has turned his focus on other aspects of his running and especially fueling.  Dawn gives him some ideas on natural foods over packaged endurance products! Enjoy the show.

Sep 13, 2022

Dayna and Natalie are both plugging away and nailing their training but it seems they both ran into the dreaded stomach issues on long efforts this last week.  Coach Ellie and Scott help troubleshoot so they don't have to experience it again anytime soon!  Enjoy the show!

Sep 13, 2022

We want to inspire you today with someone special. When most people hear the name Mickey Maurer it is related to business or writing because he has had much success with both.  But today we are going to talk about adventure, giving, and happiness, areas where he has also had much success.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mickey over the last 17 years.  We may have bonded over being persuaded to represent our age brackets at the Corporate Challenge in the running events over the years. Mickey is one of the most positive, giving, and energetic people I know.  Mickey Maurer’s career as an attorney, author and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, publishing, real estate, and banking. Mickey is an active participant in numerous business, civic, educational, and philanthropic organizations.  In 2001, Mickey established Mickey’s Camp, a charitable endeavor that has raised over $3 million  for central Indiana charities. Recently he traveled to Poland to help with the Ukrainian refugees. Some of Mickey’s hobbies include mountain climbing, having successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, skiing, and underwater photography. At 80 years old he doesn’t seem to be sitting idle. 

What a fun conversation we had with Mickey. Mickey is a person that is always learning and using his skills and knowledge to help others.  On this podcast we talk about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu twice.  We had a heartfelt conversation about his recent trip to Poland to help with the Ukrainian refugees.  This was my favorite part of the podcast. According to Mickey one of the keys to happiness is to stay curious.  There is definitely some inspiration and wisdom here.  Stay curious friends!

Sep 6, 2022

Dreama Walton is an experienced mountain athlete with hundreds of miles spent in the Alps, multiple ultra-marathons in the desert landscapes of the Canary Islands, and day to day training in the upper altitudes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, she is well aware of the kind of innate desire and commitment it takes to be an endurance athlete. She knows what an important role diet before, during, and after training and competition play in overall wellbeing. She has experienced firsthand the limitations placed on her with poor hydration, using ill designed equipment, and a lack of a level head when things don’t go as planned. She has accepted that running during bad weather is her way of paying dues for running during the good days. Running on no sleep rewards her by letting her see pieces of this planet that most people will only have the opportunity to see on the discovery channel. Pushing her body and mind allows her to see what the human animal is capable of when she reaches the end of a challenging race. The elation she feels when the race is done is the reward for hours, days, and weeks of training. This is why she loves ultra-running so much. It allows you to see that the only limits we have as humans we place on ourselves. Dreama is also a mother to an amazing little girl and loves showing her that we can do difficult things and that if she wants something bad enough, she too can put in the work to achieve it.  

On this podcast Dreama talks about some of the struggles she has faced in her life and how they shaped her strong work ethic as a runner and in life.  We also discuss balancing being a single parent and chasing big goals.  Dreama is a very strong mountain climber so of course we had to talk nutrition. We felt so inspired after talking to Dreama.  She has found a nice balance and figured out how to keep the focus on happiness and love.  We are excited to follow along with her summer adventures!

 

IG- @dreamawalton

Sep 3, 2022

Dawn and David continue the coach and runner back and forth as he continues to run in some crazy heat.  His longest back to back is coming up.  Achilles is seeming to hold up! Enjoy the show!

Sep 1, 2022

Nick and Jackson are seeing their fitness improve as they keep plugging away.  Their miles are going up and the back to backs are getting real.  Listen as two runners train for their first ultra!

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